How to Find Inspiration for Your Novel
You know you want to write a novel but there's just one problem, you're lacking inspiration, or you aren’t quite sure how to find it. Maybe you just haven’t found a topic you want to write about, or maybe you have but you aren’t sure what to do with it. This is something every writer experiences, even the most seasoned ones.
The good news is, there are many different ways to find inspiration. Some ways work better than others. Just like every writer is different, so are what inspires them. Listed below are a few suggestions that may help inspire you.
Read something new
Listen to music
Talk a walk in nature
Visit an art museum
Try something new like yoga or meditation
Take a different route to work
Discover what you're passionate about
Talk with your friends about the books or movies you enjoy
All of these may sound simple, and maybe even silly, so allow me to elaborate as to how they can actually help.
When I first decided that I wanted to write, I asked myself what kind of stories I liked. I thought about the books I read and the movies I watched. As I thought about them, I asked myself what it was about them that I enjoyed the most. Was it the characters? Was it the villain or the protagonist? Did I care about the depths of their relationships? Or was it the story line that hooked me in?
I knew that I had an affinity for the stars. I would stand beneath them at night and feel connected to a world that was out of reach. When I was ready to begin writing, I tapped into that interest as well. My love of the stars led me to consider Astrology and the elements, so naturally I went out and bought a copy of The Idiot’s Guide to Astrology. I had a hunger to know more.
As I found myself answering all of my questions about what I liked; studying Astrology, researching names, listening to music, studying paintings, reviewing all my notes, and gathering everything together, I was starting to get inspired and felt the story starting to come to life. It started out slowly, but once I got to writing I was amazed at how quickly the words came to me.
Jenna found inspiration for one of her stories a little bit differently. She was given an assignment in school to write about a real-life current event. She learned about a girl who had been killed in Iceland and how the entire country conducted a massive manhunt for her body because murders were so uncommon in that country. She found it quite fascinating that so many people would go to such lengths to find justice for this one young woman, as opposed to the United States where murder was much more common. Inspiration blossomed for her as she started to look more into the story by reading different articles. Jenna gets inspired by visiting places and being physically in a moment. Since she couldn’t get to Iceland, she watched documentaries on the country and pictures of the city where the girl lived.
The point is that there is no one-size-fits-all inspiration tactic. Some of my suggestions may sound silly, but I assure you, you never truly know where your next inspiration can or will flow from. You need only be open to listening to your heart, tapping into a current passion, or trying something new!